Blog Posts

Ontario's Computer Part 2: The LEXICON Server

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In this follow-on to my previous blog post, I'll examine the brains behind the Burroughs ICON computer: the LEXICON server that all ICONs connected to across an ARCNET network.

Ontario's Computer: The Burroughs ICON

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Back in 1984, the Ontario government made their own computer for the school system, but ordered school boards to send them all to landfill a decade later. In this post, you'll explore one that survived and learn why it was cool.

Using Asahi Linux as a developer workstation

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Linux now runs natively on M1-based Macs. And it's super fast!

Configuring the i3 Window Manager

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i3 is an incredibly powerful tiling window manager that is often used by software developers and Linux/UNIX administrators. In this post, I'll show you how to configure and use it.

Brewing the Best Coffee

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You don't need to spend a fortune on equipment to brew the best cup of coffee you'll ever have. Find out how in this post.

The Power of RISC architecture

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RISC architecture has been around for a very long time. But today, we're really starting to see its benefits in computing.

SPARCbook teardown

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In a 2019 blog post, I explored a SPARC-based laptop from the 1990s running Solaris UNIX. In this post, I run through a teardown of the laptop to explore its hardware design.

Understanding the Cult of Mac

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The Cult of Mac includes those who worship Apple products and is one of the oldest tech fan clubs. In this blog post, I'll examine everything about it, including its history, features and remedies.

2021 in Review

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Each December, I like to take some time to reflect on the events of the year - and this year was a relaxing-yet-productive follow-on to 2020.

Kubernetes Quickstart

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Kubernetes is the most powerful container orchestrator used in the cloud today. In this blog post, I'll discuss how you can set up a simple Kubernetes cluster for learning and experimentation.